Monday, August 3, 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper Bubble Gum Soda

Pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper passed away 3 days ago. In his honor, I thought I'd review his bubble gum soda:

Rowdy Roddy Piper Bubble Gum Soda


Brand: Rowdy Roddy Piper Bubble Gum Soda.

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: Solid bubble gum flavor. But really, really sweet. It's super sugary. Kids might really like this. I tend to like pretty sugary sodas, but this is just too much.

Score: 3 out of 10.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fanta Orange

On a recent warm evening, I opened this with supper:

Fanta Orange


Brand: Fanta Orange.

Origin: Mexico.

Purchase Place: Cub Foods, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: Nothing fancy here, but decent orange soda. Smooth. Oh, and as I've noted before about Fanta sodas, the mouth of the bottle is super rounded and smooth. It's awesome.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer

This was my 5th and final soda that I took on our family vacation last week. And, apparently, I saved a good one for last:

Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer
On the dock on Lake Mary with our cabin in the background.

Brand: Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer.

Origin: Oak Creek, WI

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was smooth and had a head that stuck around for a while. Just a little bite with lots of creaminess.  Just a hint of vanilla and anise. Nice. Smooth.

Score: 8 out of 10.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Always Ask for Avery's Dog Drool

After a decent "gross" soda yesterday, it was time to try another:

Always Ask for Avery's Dog Drool
With fruit pizza and my sister in the background at the cabin.

Brand: Always Ask for Avery's Dog Drool.

Origin: New Britain, Connecticut.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This was better than the "Kitty Piddle" that I just had. It tasted like a nice crisp carbonated lemonade. The "orange" part of the "orange lemon" flavor was subtle. Perfect for a summer night.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Always Ask for Avery's Kitty Piddle

Still on vacation! I brought these 2 "fun" sodas to share with my 5 and 7-year-old niece and nephew:

Kitty Piddle and Dog Drool
In our cabin on Lake Mary.

The first one we tried was the "Kitty Piddle," so this review will be about that.

Always ask for Avery's Kitty Piddle
At the supper table with my Dad in the background.


Brand: Always Ask for Avery's Kitty Piddle.

Origin: New Britain, Connecticut.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty refreshing. It tastes like the flavor on the label: pineapple orange. It was pretty sweet and had a nice amount of carbonation. It's nothing fancy, but it was refreshing (with grilled brats for supper at the cabin). I'll give it a middle-of-the-road average score.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir

This label was great. "Infused with luck. 12 oz for 24 hours of favorable outcomes." And "Cures timidness and satisfies the daring." Nice. I had to try it.

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir


Brand: MacFuddy Pepper Elixir.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: I was intrigued to see "extracts of black cherry" and "vanilla" on the ingredients list. And sure enough, it tasted about how I thought it would: like a black cherry / vanilla Dr. Pepper. There's a little more of a "spice" kick at the end that almost got to be a little too much, but it was good. It's nice and syrupy too. (But I'm taking a point off for the too strong kick at the end.)

Score: 8 out of 10.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gray's Brewing Company Gourmet Root Beer

It was the first full day of our family vacation, so I cracked into this on the deck:

Gray's Brewing Company Gourmet Root Beer


Brand: Gray's Brewing Company Gourmet Root Beer.

Origin: Janesville, WI.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: My first thought was that it almost tasted diet because it seemed a little watery or thin. But then the flavor hit, and it was good. There was a lot of vanilla flavor, and it was very smooth. (My wife tried a sip and complained because she wanted more bite.) I enjoyed this - give it a try!

Score: 8.5 out of 10.